Braille Keyboard for Tablets

For several years, smooth, sleek touchscreens have dominated the tech gadget world. Touchscreens are said to be more intuitive than other input methods, as even infants instinctively know how to use them.

However, the touchscreen revolution has left one group of people sitting on the sidelines: those who can’t see the shiny screen or its colorful array of icons.  Now, a research team participating in a development competition at Stanford University has created the first-ever touchscreen Braille keyboard.

Stanford Professor Adrian Lew, one of three researchers on the team, told the BBC that the application developed during the competition could be a big help to the visually impaired once it becomes widely distributed:

“Imagine being blind in the classroom, how would you take notes? What if you were on the street and needed to copy down a phone number? These are real challenges the blind grapple with every day.” Read more

Creating a Braille Document

Note: K International can convert any document you have into Braille. Click here >>> Braille Translation <<<.

B raille is a system widely used by blind and visually impaired people to read and write. It is made up of raised dots, arranged in cells that correspond to each letter of the alphabet. Developed in 1821 by Louis Braille of France, himself blind after an accident at the age of three, it has now been adapted to almost every known language and has revolutionised life for people all over the world.

Making Braille

Making braille documents is a complex process, although we do now use technology to speed it up as much as possible. If you’ve ever wondered how the documents are made this short clip from the RNIB shows the process behind making a braille document. Read more

Creating Braille Certificates

Been busy this week creating braille certificates for the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG). See image above.

Doesn’t matter how many we do it still blows me away how beautiful braille looks.

Need some Braille?

Order it here > Braille Service < Special low prices if you’re part of the UK Government.

An Interesting Braille Project

I have been beavering away here at K International since May of this year and this is my first blog that I would like to share with you all. I’ll be blogging again soon, mainly about my two great passions in life – Motorsport & Photography – but I will save those for another day.

I wanted to share with you a project that I’ve undertaken recently, as it’s always nice when some work comes along that really makes you feel alive and happy to be involved.

Picture this; the telephone rings one afternoon and a voice asks if I can organise a quotation for the transcription of a letter into Braille, which of course I was happy to. The voice then introduces himself from a company called Fascination Management….he tells me that he is the Manager of a band, and then very casually tells me that I may of heard of his band – they are called The Saturdays!!

The conversation that followed was both surreal and heart warming. Read more